For the little time that i have had the Akai MPD218 it has served me well when making beats, helps to be able to collect all my kicks,hats,snares, and any other sample i want all in one pad.
words cannot describe how simple this wonderful little device is to use. it's a two-in-one masterpiece. you have 16 pads to assign whatever sound you desire, 6 faders to control whichever bus/mixer track you plan to control, and a button that enables full level (playing at 100% volume). i recommend this to everyone. c:
I used for probably my first two or three months of producing (I've been producing for about a year now). I honestly got a lot of ideas while just playing around on these pads.
This one is pretty useless to me, as it registers double hits sporadically, not a specific pad, just any pad now and then, making it a PITA to use for laying down beats. Use the Presonus Atom instead.
Velocity-sensitive fat MPC style drum pads, plenty of customisation options, multiple pad/encoder banks and reliable performance make this drum pad my favourite to play on. It's a simple bit of kit, it does what it says it will do - pretty much as well as it could, so I've found it to be an excellent addition. Too much vibration on the surface underneath the controller itself (sometimes caused by playing too aggressively) can cause some trigger issues, where a random pad will also be triggered as well as the one you want, but this is easily solved by just putting it on a more sturdy surface - it's not a controller fault really. I also haven't found a proper use for the endless encoders - to be honest, I'd prefer low profile potentiometers, as found on the Akai MPK Mini MK2, but that's just personal preference really.
Akai still makes the best pads, however this model is known for ghosting and double tapping issues. After taking it apart multiple times, the sensitivity is kinda fucky. Yet its still better than 99% of midi drum pads.